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Advent & Christmas Season Services

Download 2016 Advent Calendar
Download 2016 Christmas Calendar

Second Week of Advent   (12/3-12/9)
Dec. 7 {Wed.}…….. 8am daily Mass only    No 10am or 6:30pm Mass
Dec. 8 {Thurs.} Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)    Parish office closed
Masses ……………………….. 8am, 10:00am,12:15pm, 6:00pm, 8pm (Spanish)

Third Week of Advent  (12/10 – 12/16)
Dec. 10-11 {Sat. & Sun}…………….. Regular weekend Mass schedule
Dec. 12 {Mon.}………………………….. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Maniañitas ………………………………………………….. 5am (Church)
        Bread and Chocolate……………………….. 6-7am (Family Center)
        Procession from Cotton Hope………………………………………. 5pm
        Mass of the Roses (Spanish) 7pm/followed by reception in family center
Dec. 13 {Tues}……………. SFCS Breakfast with Santa in family center
Dec. 15 {Thurs}….. School Advent Music Concert in Gymnasium 6pm

Fourth Week of Advent  (12/17 – 12/23)
Dec 19 – Jan 3: School Christmas break
Dec. 17-18 {Sat. & Sun}……………. Regular weekend Mass schedule
…………………….. Monthly St. Francis Catholic School Mass 9am
Dec. 19 {Mon}…………………………. after 8am Mass – Decorating the Church
***** Dec. 23(noon)-Jan 2, 2015 Parish office closed*****
Dec. 24 {Sat.}………………………….. No daily Mass/No Confessions

Christmas Eve
Christmas procession to the crib – all Christmas Masses
Sat. 12/24… 4:00pm Mass with Echoes of Heaven Contemporary Group
…………….. 6:00pm Mass with Echoes of Heaven Contemporary Group
……………………………………………………… 8:00pm Spanish Mass
…………………………………………….. 9:20pm Carols with Orchestra
…………………………………………….. 10:00pm Mass with Orchestra

Christmas Day
Sun. 12/25 ……………………………..  9 and 11am Masses with Orchestra

Christmas Week
Mon.-Thurs. 12/26-29 ……………………………………… 8am Mass ONLY
Fri. 12/30 – The Feast of the Holy Family …………… 8am Mass ONLY

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Sat. Dec. 31, 2016 & Sun. Jan.1, 2017……….. Regular Mass schedule
Mon. Jan. 2-Sat. Jan. 7……………………. Regular daily Mass schedule


Our Vision:  In Christ – United in faith, love and service

Welcome to our faith family! Whether you are an inquirer, a visitor, a new member, or an established member of the St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church community here on Hilton Head Island, we are here to serve you.

In keeping with the spirit of our Mission statement, “to build a Catholic Community that makes present the Gospel of Christ through worship, discipleship and evangelization,” our parish offers participation in Small Church Communities (SCCs) and over 50 active and vibrant ministries and organizations that serve both the parish family and the surrounding community (see the links in the drop-down menus at the top of the page). It is our hope that this web site helps you to become a more active member of our parish, and keeps you better informed of our mission, activities, and needs.

We hope you will feel at home at St. Francis and will share your faith experience and talents with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. By worshiping and working together, may we more perfectly reflect the glory of God and help bring about His Kingdom.

Fountain in front of St. Francis statue

Fountain in front of St. Francis statue at church entrance


Rose Window - NarthexWelcome Home Program

If you’ve been away from the Catholic Church for awhile, know that you are missed.  Through baptism the Church belongs to you, and you belong to the Church – always. Believing in Christ, we never give up hope that we will all be united and reconciled in God’s time.

St Francis by the Sea is a welcoming people, a community you can turn to.  We are respectful of everyone’s desire to return home to our faith community, regardless of the circumstances.

At various times each year we host a program that provides time and space to explore the Catholic faith afresh without pressures or anxieties.  Outreach by our Welcome Home Ministry is currently underway.  To learn more about the upcoming program for inactive Catholics, contact Ron Angner at 843-686-6037 or email angnerron@gmail.com.  Welcome Home!